Non-Traditional Ceremony Music

In considering the ceremony music for the wedding, I feel completely clueless–I’m not the most musically inclined. In fact, while I appreciate music, I have no memory for songs or lyrics or even the names of musicians. And perhaps this is why the music thing has been stressing me out so much. I don’t even know where to start. This is further complicated by the fact that I fear Mr. Peppermint and my parents want very different things (I find myself in the middle of this debate).

My parents (and most parents for that matter) have not even thought of the possibility of music that is not classical. In almost every wedding they’ve been to, the bride has walked down the aisle to Wagner’s “Bridal March”. That’s what they’ve come to expect. Granted, I’m not sure I want to walk down to Elvis’s “Love Me Tender” (a suggestion found in the Knot’s suggestion of non-traditional choices), but I’m also not sure I want the “Bridal March”. And more modern songs often have more meaning to me. I tried to broach the subject with my parents this weekend, but we didn’t really get anywhere…Is there a happy medium? Should contemporary songs be relegated to the reception only?

I’ve thought of using the Mancini theme from Two for the Road (my favorite movie!) as a prelude or maybe even processional. Mr. Peppermint really wants to use the Beach Boys’ Wouldn’t It Be Nice? as our recessional (with lyrics). At first I thought that was too contemporary, but I have to admit it has grown on me…right after the minister says “You may now kiss the bride” to hear the upbeat crooning of the Beach Boys does have a sort of appeal. And I feel like recessional music could be something more fun and celebratory…

What are your thoughts??


Mrs. Peppermint

LA/Palm Springs
Wedding Date:
December 2007
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    Carissa, Guest @ 10:50 am

    I have one suggestion which I would like to submit for a Non Traditional wedding procession song:
    Bittersweet Symphony – The Vitamin String Quartet
    Bittersweet Symphony – The Aranbee Pop Symphonic Orchestra

    Both are very beautiful and powerful. It doesn’t make mockery of the moment of entrance for the bride, yet is not old fashioned and stale.

    Kind regards, Carissa

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    Guest, Guest @ 4:14 pm

    Here is what we are doing for ours:

    Seating of special guests and bridal party processional (in order: grandparents, moms, groomsmen/bridesmaid) – all i want is you by the vitamin string quartet

    Bridal Processional (me and my dad) – The Winner Is by Danna and Devotchka (little miss sunshine soundtrack)

    For the when the officiant says “you may kiss you bride” presenting “Mr. & Mrs Awesome” (should all be right after another) and processional (when we walk out, then the groomsmen/bridesmaids) we are doing take care by beach house

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    kelly, Guest @ 7:17 am

    I’m looking at all these ideas and think i’m going to go with either hallelujah VSQ or cant help falling in love VSQ for my processional when i get married in Rhodes.
    I know the lyrics for the 1st aren’t exactly romantic but OMG the string version is amazeballs

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    Dreyah, Guest @ 2:33 am

    Thank you all for posting. You made it easier on me and helped me “finally” come to a decision on my processional and recessional.
    Processional: Bruno Mars – Rest of my life
    Recessional: Bob Marley – Could you be loved.
    Just wanted to share!

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    IndianaBride, Guest @ 9:46 pm

    I’m all about non traditional music, getting married in a church so there are some limits. But if anyone has any helpful song titles w/ artists..starting from prelude to last song. I’m open to read all you can give. We’re into all types of music, from Rock to Celtic, throw it at me. THANK YOU MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Bethany, Guest @ 7:31 am

    I know I’m a little late for the original post, but I am still looking for suggestions for non-traditional music for my ceremony, and this has been very helpful!

    I will be using “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for my recessional, and most likely some Explosions in the Sky song for me to walk in to.

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    Anna, Guest @ 10:16 am

    What do you guys think about a bride walking in to an instrumental version of the final countdown or the Pink Panther theme song???

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    fotograf ślubny, Guest @ 4:55 am

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    ziconess, Guest @ 3:45 pm

    Great thread!

    So far for me..

    Ben E King – Stand by me
    Sam Cooke – You send me
    Van Morrison – Someone like you

    Nina Simone – Feeling good

    Middle bit
    Nicola Hitchcock – No reality
    Newton Faulknor – Dream catch me

    Florence & the Machine – You’ve got the Love

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    CanuckKatie, Guest @ 8:15 pm

    how is this for contemporary… I found an instrumental acoustic version of P!NK’s F*@%* Perfect (which is perfect!–no words for the older generation in the crowd) for the processional, and Raise your Glass as the recessional.

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